Sixteen Jackies releases playfully gory music video for "Creature Feature" - WXPN | Vinyl At Heart

Sixteen Jackies lean into spooky season with their latest release, “Creature Feature.” Simultaneously camp and creepy, the track is from their latest EP, Hostile Architecture, out today via Born Losers Records. Just in time for Halloween, the band’s glam-pop is mesmerized by the macabre. 

In the music video, directed by Bob Sweeney, lead-singer Jody DeMarco goes on a date that seems like something straight from an 80s horror film. From pumpkin carving to wine-guzzling to knife-wielding, the sinister quality seems mocking, like a haunted house where you know the danger is just for fun. However, all hell breaks loose when the couple gets to the movie theater and takes tabs of acid. A horrifying delusion, suddenly the audience are all donning goaltender masks and glitching in and out. While it might be a bad trip, it’s certainly not a bad date, as the video ends with DeMarco crying blood and making out with his date who’s also sporting a frightening mask. 

The track has this instant drama to it that the video feeds into through its over-the-top kitsch and charm. The lyrics have the same playful chill to them, as DeMarco sings “blood dripping down my teenage dream,” and insists “let’s be modern lovers, we can creep each other out.” Still, they manage to balance out the more eerie references; instead of taking the violence seriously, they cover it in glitter and turn it into a spectacle. 

To celebrate the EP release, Sixteen Jackies will be playing at PhilaMOCA tonight with fast car slow car, Froggy, and Number One Lovers. You can grab tickets to the show here and stream the video below. 

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